WICHITA FALLS, TX - An amazing group of Texoma women are using a Saturday School to change the lives of about a dozen kids forever.
"We are trying to give them an edge up so they will not only be able to pass the test but also the tests that they are going to have the rest of their lives." said Olga Roberts.
It's that simple, helping kids pass at least a part of the STARR Test and increase their knowledge, so they can make the grade and stay in school.
The woman who started it all is Olga Roberts.
She's a retired teacher whose passion is educating future leaders.
20 years ago she was asked to help students who'd been flunking a state mandated test, and she did.
It didn't take her long to realize the need was bigger than she could manage and she needed help.
So she turned to her sorority sisters and Saturday School was born.
"We have also seen a lot of progress. I was telling one of the mothers today how much her child has matured during this period and I guess it is over 3 years that he has been coming." said Saturday School Teacher Rosie Flanigan.
The entire group is made of retired or current teachers who use multiple methods to reach these kids.
And they use various methods to reach the kids.
Some kids in the program are having difficulty in school, but others just want that extra little bit of help to give them a boost in the classroom.
"When you see a light bulb go off or get a wow and I understand that, it means they are learning!" said Flanigan. "Parents will say my child couldnt do this and now they can do that. They couldn't read with understanding and now they are."
"Parents bring kids back year after year so we are doing something right." said Ms. Roberts.